A hidden cause of stress and overwhelm is food sensitivity. Not necessarily a full blown allergy, but a negative, sensitive, physical reaction to your diet.
Some sensitivities are easier than others to discern. You probably already know how caffeine can make you nervous, jumpy and keep you awake at night. And, I'm sure you've heard that gluten, which is found in most breads and cereals, can make your stomach hurt, your muscles ache or give you a headache. But, did you know a sensitivity to chocolate results in a faster heart rate and feeling hypersensitive?
What makes food sensitivity confusing is that symptoms don't show up, sometimes, for hours, or even days, after ingesting a particular food or beverage.
Typical foods that might cause food sensitivity are gluten (in most grains) sugar (including artificial sweeteners), dairy (eggs, cheese, milk), caffeine, soy, unsprouted nuts, peanuts, corn, and yeast. Packaged and prepared foods, as well as sodas and diet sodas, also cause sensitivities due to high content of preservatives, artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors.
Just a few symptoms of food sensitivity are brain fog, anxiety, depression, moodiness, rashes/hives, stomach complaints, fatigues, throat clearing (phlegm) and trouble sleeping.
Cutting a certain food or beverage from the diet for 2 weeks and then adding it back into the diet and checking for a reaction within 72 hours can be one way of determining whether you are sensitive to a particular food or drink. the other is to take a look at what you crave. the very foods we crave are the ones we are most likely to be sensitive to.
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Mari J. Dionne
AADP Certified Holistic Health Practitioner of Natural Healing
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